Fifty-Two: Jack and Lexie
Continue to Talk About His Condition;
Later Jack Has Another Run-in with Patrick.
date June 23rd, 2005]
Lexie is in her office at the hospital, going over a file, when
there is a knock at door.
It is Jack,
he tentatively peeks from behind the door.
an uncertain voice) Lexie?
LEXIE: Oh, Jack (she bends her head down, then gets up) I thought
you were Abe. He was here for more tests.
JACK: Oh, oh, I-I-I-I.... (puts his hand up) I don't want to
be a bother.
LEXIE: No, no, you're not bother (waves her arm motioning for
him to come in) come on in!
in. He is carrying some papers.
(Cont., she has her arm folded in from of her) I.... I thought you....
left. Ah, did you change your mind about telling Jennifer that--
JACK: That I (spreads out his arms) have a few months left
to live? No. And (points to her) you can't tell her either!
LEXIE: I know, I know I-I.... I already promised you that I
wouldn't, Jack, you don't have to keep reminding me about doctor-patient
confidentiality! So, (tilts her head) if that's why you came back--
JACK: No, no! I'm.... (lowers his head) I'm sorry (fiddling
with the papers which he is holding) I just want you to.... ha....
look at these insurance papers and sign them, please.
them. It is obvious she is upset about the whole situation. She
lets out a long sigh. Jack
tries to talk to her.
Look, I can see that you're not pleased. But, Lexie, you.... you gotta
let me handle this situation my way!
LEXIE: Haaa.... (starts signing the forms) Oh..... as you
know.... (she finishes and turns to Jack) the stress of keeping of
keeping this a secret could be very detrimental to your health.
JACK: (Laughs and smiles ironically) Hahaha.... As if (tilts
his head) that would matter at this time.
LEXIE: (Frustrated) Haa.... (she runs her hands over her hair)....
smugly trying to hide his feelings.
(Cont.) ....Jack, if you won't confide in Jennifer, you need to talk
at least talk to someone.
becomes more serious.
(Cont.) Listen, y.... you must have a lot of questions for
me. I have some time, right now, if you want to sit down, talk
walking towards her desk. Jack puts out his arm to stop her.
Oh, thanks, but, ah, actually, (points with both hands towards the
door) I gotta go. (Gestures) I got Jennifer, Abigail and her little
friend Chelsea waiting for me at the stock car races.
LEXIE: (Obvious frustrated by the way Jack is handling the
situation) I see. (Nods her head) And that's more important
than learning about this condition that is slowly killing you?
JACK: Right now, today, this moment, the most important
thing is making memories with my kids and the woman that I love.
at him. Jack is smiles,
but it quickly
At the Deveraux', Tek catches Patrick hanging around. He confronts
him, he tells Patrick that Jack does not want him around and is
very confrontational. Tek wonders if he is robbing the place. Patrick
does not like being harassed. Tek tells him that he will eventually
screw up and when he does he will get him.
Three: Back in Lexie's office.
Jack, I really think you should talk about what you're going through.
JACK: (Scoffs and gestures) What's to talk about? (Takes his
insurance forms) I don't fell like someone who's got a fatal
LEXIE: You'll, ah, continue to have your existing symptoms until--
JACK: (Mock grin) Until I'm dead!
LEXIE: (Emotionally) Yeah. I expect it will happen, very quickly--
JACK: (Putting out his hand to silence her) Whoa, whoa, whoa,
whoa! Too much! Too much information! Let's.... Let's not get
morbid, here. (Sighing) Haa....
LEXIE: Jack, I really think you should talk to Marlena.
JACK: (Jack continues to try and appear as though he is not upset
and has accepted the news) Talk to Marlena, why? Why take the
time to talk to Marlena when I just have a few months left. There's
nothing left to say.
disappointed that he refuses to talk to someone. Jack tries to hide
how upset he really is.
(Cont.) There's nothing left to say, is there? Oh, ah, I-I.... I've
(points) really gotta go. But, uh, the race is starting in a couple
of minutes, and I-I.... I gotta run home or else there's (he puts
his hand to his forehead) going to be a (moves his hand away in a
sweeping motion) disaster! And, how many more disasters can
the Deveraux family handle, anyway!
LEXIE: Wait, wait, wait, you've to go home, what's
JACK: Well, (scratches his head) we're having a tailgate, party,
picnic cook-out and I forgot the piccalilli relish. (Jack talks stiltedly
obvious trying to hide his anger over the news) And you can't have
a picnic without pic-ca-li-lli relish.
a fake smile. Lexie just stares at him, unable to understand how
he can be reacting the way he is.
Back at the races, Jennifer introduces Abigail and Chelsea to Max
and tells them she knew him when he was a little boy. Max brings
up Frankie, and how she and he dated. Abigail wants to know more,
Jennifer assures her that she and Frankie were just teens and had
a very innocent romance. Jennifer says that he is worried about
Jack, she does not know what is keeping him.
Jack is opening the door, he walks into the living room to see Patrick
walking in from the kitchen area, carrying a plastic bag.
What the hell are you doing here?
(Cont., furious) You were told to get your stuff out of my
garage apartment, so you wait until nobody's home and come back
to rob my place?!
PATRICK: You are the second person to accuse me of that
today, and I am sick and tired of it.
not believing Patrick's gall.
Six: Back at the races Jennifer and Abigail are talking to Max. Max
wants to know who "Jack" is.
(Smiles) Jack Deveraux, he's my husband. Max, you were probably too
you to remember him.
ABIGAIL: (Excitedly) Oh, you'll love my dad. He's a
journalist. (Points at him) Maybe he can write a profile of you for
her it is too late, someone else has. Abigail is a little disappointed.
She tells Max that Jack will love meeting him. Max wants to
know if he is a fan of racing. Jennifer tells Max, "He's more
of a tailgating fan." They talk about how exciting racing is.
Max offers to show the girls his car and the pit. They go off with
him. Jennifer stays behind, she is even more worried about Jack.
come on, Jack, where are you?
Back home, Jack is confronting Patrick.
(Walking up to Patrick) So, who else accused you of trying
to rob me blind?
PATRICK: That cop Tek came by and saw me.
JACK: Begs the question, doesn't it, could both of
us be wrong?
PATRICK: I was outside of your house, Jack! I wasn't
JACK: Still, it's good to know that the cops don't trust you
either. (Gesturing) And since your things are (points towards the
outside) outside my house, why are you in my house right
PATRICK: I just came by to get some (shows the garbage bag)
garbage bags to pack my clothes.
JACK: Garbage bags, huh? (Nods) And here I thought you were
a world traveler!
(Cont, still furious) Now, look! We asked you nicely to get
your things out of here. Days ago! You're still here. Why?!
What's taking so long?
PATRICK: Ah, Jennifer gave me a little extra time to get my
things together, and, find a place to live.
JACK: Shouldn't be so hard, you could move in with your mother!
In that Habitat for Humanity that we helped built, since she's
now living in quasi-sin with Mickey Horton (frowns).
PATRICK: Where I live is none of your business--
JACK: Quite right, couldn't care less, as long as you're
no where near me or mine!
PATRICK: Yeah, well, you made that very clear. Which is why
I phoned ahead to make sure no one was here, so I wouldn't run into
you and have this confrontation.
JACK: Too late! But now you have the rest of the afternoon
to yourself, so, ah, get packing, and uh, (picks up a trash
bag) keep the luggage!
it and walks off. Jack waits a moment, then walks out behind hind
(Points to him and talks as he looks the door) I want everything
out of that garage apartment today! (After he finishes locking
up he points at him as he talks) I don't want a hint,
I don't want a memory of you being here, when I return
with my family! Get it!
PATRICK: Yeah, I got it!
off and Patrick stares at him.
Back in her office, Lexie looks upset. She thinks back to her talk
with Jack [We did not see this conversation; since it is a flashback
it is distorted].
walks up to Jack and taps him on the back, startling him.
Are you really more worried about the fact that you forgot
piccalilli relish than you are about the fact that you only
have a few months left to live?
JACK: (Turns to her) Yes! (Looks around to get the strength
to speak) Ha.... Yes! Yes, and I'll tell you why! (Walks around,
and fiddles with his insurance forms, then puts them down, his back
is turned from her) For the last year I've been separated from (motions
with one hand) Jennifer (motions with the other) from Abigail. (Panting
slightly) Ha.... Ha.... (gestures) and from my baby boy, Jack. I realize
the most important things (gestures) is the precious moments
that we have together.
(Cont.) I.... (choked up) ha.... I love (chokes up again) them! (Nearly
in tears) I love them! Ha.... (Emotionally) Na.... (turns towards
her) Quite literally I love them more than my life itself!
(His Adam's apple bobbles from the emotion).)And
now, I'm going to make every day, the most special,
memorable day I possibly can!
You're not going to tell them you're dying, are you?
JACK: No! (With a very slight smile) No I'm not!
around and turns his back away from her. He nervously fiddles with
Can I ask why (folding her arms in front of her)?
JACK: If I tell them that only I am dying (Jack has a sad,
haunted look) then they'll live in (his voice cracks) fear,
live in anticipation of my death.
trying to hold back from crying) Ha.... (turns back towards her) Can
you imagine, Abigail's sneaking into our bedroom every night, every
night, and leaning over me, (points his hands at himself) just
to see if I'm still breathing. (Swallows to stop from crying) Can
you imagine Jennifer checking on me every ten minutes just to make
sure that I'm all right.
Jack frowns trying to stop from losing it completely) Everybody holding
their breath every time that I sneeze or cough. Things
that have absolutely nothing to do with this illness.
I will not do that to them! I will not! I will not
do that to them!
looks at him.
(Cont.) The greatest gift that I can give them, the greatest
gift that I can give myself, right to the moment that I go into the
grave, is to.... (overcome with emotion) Is just to have
some.... (pleading, almost in tears) just a few, special, wonderful,
happy memories in these few months that we have left.
LEXIE: (Looks down then back at Jack, trying to figure out
how to convince him to be honest) Don't you think you're cheating
them? (Shrugs) What if they're angry that you kept this secret
frowning, his mouth is partially open, as he listens to her arguments.
Are they working or is he as obstinate as ever.
(Cont.) What if they have regrets about something that they
did! Or didn't do!
to look at her, frowning, speechless.
(Cont.) Jack, if they knew maybe they'd want to do something
special for you! To say "good-bye!"--
JACK: No! (His Adam's apple bobbles again as he holds
back his emotions and remains adamant) No! There's no saying "Good-bye!"
No! (Almost crying) Not yet! Not yet anyway!
(Cont.turns away, and is panting) Ha.... Ha.... I'm not.... (having
a hard time saying the words) I'm not dying, Lexie!
(He continues to try not to cry, he then turns to her with determination)
I'm gonna live! I'm gonna live my life to the fullest!
watches him overcome with emotion as well.
(Cont.) Right up to the very end! (Swallows and gives a slight nod)
And now I think you know (with determination) what the most important
thing is that I need to do!
LEXIE: (Clears her throat) Hmmm (a fake smile) Yeah, yeah!
(Sniffs) (She sounds like she is about to cry) You've gotta (gestures)
get that piccalilli relish--
JACK: That's right!
nods. She is obviously still frustrated over Jack's obstinacy, and
is also trying to hold back her own emotions.
(Cont.) That's right! To make the best Deveraux burgers there
are! For Jennifer, (voice cracks) and Abigail, (trying to not cry)
so that they're gonna have the best (almost crying) tailgate,
cook-out (Almost losing it) ever! (Nods in emphasis)
Nothing is (his voice becomes weaker) more important! (He slaps
up his insurance forms from the table, and looks at them.) Nothing
(starts to walk off) is more important!
at the door and smiles back at her, then leaves.
in the present, Lexie sighs. Someone comes into the room, and she
tells the person that she is glad he is there.
Back at the races, Max is showing the girls his car and the talks
about racing. Chelsea monopolizes the conversation, and is coming
on to Max. Abigail is virtually ignored. One of his pit crew comments
to another crew member what a ladies' man he is and how he is always
trying to get women.
Meanwhile, Jennifer is still waiting for Jack. Jack then comes running
into the area, shouting to Jennifer.
JENNIFER, (out of breath) JENNIFER, I'm sorry...
turns and stretches out her arms towards him. Jack is over come
with emotion being with her.
(Cont.) I'm sorry, I'm so late!
hug each other tightly.
(Cont.) ....ooohh, where've you been, don't you know how much I worry
JACK: (Panting out of breath) Ha.... ha.... I had to rush home,
ha.... I forgot the piccalilli relish, haa.
JENNIFER: Oh, good, good, so you have it, where is it?
JACK: (Still panting) It's.... (he realizes something, looks
down) I.... I don't believe it, I forgot the piccalilli relish,
JENNIFER: But you went home specifically to get the
JACK: I did.... I.... I was distracted. Distracted!
JENNIFER: (Confused) By what?
JACK: (Frowns not wanting to reveal why) I.... (trying to change
the subject) Hey, where.... Whe're those (starts to take off)
girls (looking around for them) gotta be around here somewhere. We
gotta get this tailgate party (slaps his hands together) started!
(Shouting for them) HEY GIRLS--
JENIFER: (Smiling, puts her hands on Jack) Oh, you know what,
you are not going to believe this. You will never guess
(gestures) who the hottest racer is today, in this race!
JACK: (Too preoccupied to care) You're right, I won't guess,
why don't you just tell me.
JENNIFER: (Excitedly) Max-Brady!
JACK: (Does not seem to know who he is, frowns) "Max Brad?"
JENNIFER: (Excitedly, gesturing wildly) Frankie Brady's younger
brother, Max! Max Brady--
JACK: (Pronouncing it as he did in 1990/91) Françoisssee.
JACK: (Correcting himself [supposedly TPTB have erased that
part of Frankie's history, so it seems to be a Matt ad lib]) Right,
JACK: Frankie's brother, Brady.... (corrects himself) Max....
JACK: (Cont.) ....is in this race? Wait a minute, I saw
a Max Brady in the sports' pages, is that the same Max Brady? I didn't
put two and two together--
JENNIFER: (Raises her arms) I know, (puts them down on Jack's
hands) and wait until you see him. It's unbelievable. He's all
grown up, and (turns towards their table and picks ups a tray of brownies)
if you don't believe me, ask Abby and Chelsea, 'cause they're with
him right now.
over to the table.
Ahh, they're smitten, huh?
JENNIFER: Well, no, they are hot for his bod!
JACK: (Shocked) They're what (frowns and makes a face
at that thought)?!
JENNIFER: Never mind, just think (puts out her hand)
JACK: Right, right, it certainly sounds less threatening.
JENIFER: (Arranging the food on their table) Yes! So, what
distracted you (turns to him) so much that you forgot your favorite
not answer, but has a worried look, not wanting to explain to her
the reason, the news he got from Lexie.
Back in Lexie's office, her visitor is not Abe, but Tek. She breaks
down, upset over Jack. They fall into each other's arms and
begin kissing passionately. They then fall onto her desk and begin
Back at the races, Jennifer is pouring a large amount of mayonnaise
on some bread. Jack watches.
Actually, (waves it off) the piccalilli relish isn't really that important,
you and Abigail don't really like it, anyway.
JENNIFER: (Stops working) Oh, yeah, but you like it, Jack,
and you always (gestures) it is not a Deveraux burger--
JACK: (Gesturing, his voice does not hide his anguish over
the news) ....It isn't a Deveraux burger without (his voice trails
off) the pic.... piccalilli relish. I know. I know (looks down
JENNIFER: That's right, so, how could you forget it. I mean,
was there some kind of emergency or what happened?
JACK: No.... (Puts his had to his forehead) it merely, (takes
his hand away not knowing what to say) wha.... actually, yes,
(gestures), back at the house I ran into--
Jack is about
to tell her about the confrontation with Patrick and Jennifer is
about to put her hand on Jack's shoulder, when Abigail can be heard
calling to them. They turn towards the direction of her voice.
Mom, Dad, look who we found.
Chelsea each have Patrick by an arm and are dragging him over to
Jack and Jennifer. They both are thrilled. Patrick does not look
so happy. Jennifer is surprised, and knows Jack will not be happy,
she turns towards Jack, who is *not* happy at all.